Someone who is a "piece of work" is a person who is unaware of his own foolishness. The term originates from the "what a piece of work is a man" monologue from Hamlet. More precisely an ironic reflection of how little most men achieve despite being endowed with relatively enormous powers to act and reason. Generally used as a sarcastic "compliment" ~ An entry from the Urban Dictionary, which is "a Web-based dictionary of slang words and phrases".
An anonymous commenter told me that Lester Carpenter of the blog rAtional nAtion USA is a "blog attacker". According to this Anon Mr. nAtion and his buddies have harassed a number of bloggers until they could take it no longer and shut down their blogs. I honestly do not know if there is any truth to this or not. I am fairly certain that Lester commented anonymously a few times as "Ludoc". When "Ludoc" was outed as Lester by an Anon, "Ludoc" commented once more, saying "Anonymous must be high", and then vanished. No sense in using that name anymore once we all knew who it was. Also, Lester recently admitted that "I've had fun playing games with your delusional ass".
Anyway, the reason for this post is that Lester published a commentary on his blog (dated 8/6/2013) that concerns me and my blog. According to Lester's post, my blog "Sleeping with the Devil" is "relatively new, yet up and coming". This post, which largely appears to be complementary, is a prime example of how Lester operates. The same Anon I mentioned above also asked, "ever notice how RN never really says what he thinks? He likes to bait people, without stating his position". Indeed.
I HAVE noticed that Lester does this. For example, he recently "authored" a post titled "The Second Amendment and Security". I put "authored" in quotes because there is not much to the post. Just a link to an Alex Jones video and the sentence, "I know what I say. It may not be exactly what you're thinking".
Someone reading this post might assume Lester agrees with Alex Jones, a conspiracy-minded insane person who believes the Left wants to confiscate all guns and then commence with the murdering... of Conservatives & Libertarians, presumably. Those who aren't slaughtered would go to those FEMA concentration camps we've all heard of. Is Lester on the same page as Alex Jones? Who knows, and really, who cares? If he wanted to discuss the topic why did he not just state outright what his position is?
He does not because... apparently this is Lester's idea of something a really clever person does. Like this blog post of his "promoting" me. Lester says my blog is "an up and coming progressive site", when he's actually been leaving numerous comments referring to this blog as a "garbage dump of a progressive site" and saying "the caliber of people it attracts is beneath [him]".
The purpose of these comments is clear... Lester wants to convince others my blog is a "garbage dump" and drive them away. No doubt the "caliber of people" included many "people" who were actually the rAtional oNe posting anonymously (The Sword of Truth is another possibility). With this post of Lester's, a post in which he refers to my "edgy razor sharp analysis [that] is as blunt as a hoe", has Lester made it official his intent to try to shut me down? Stage one involved Lester posting insults, both anonymously and as himself. Step two looks like Lester using his blog to encourage others to visit my blog and continue the assault on his behalf.
Although it looks like step two has failed (if this was Lester's plan). Nothing has happened that is causing me to consider shuttering my blog. Looks like this development has left the rAtional dUde
rather grumpy boiling over with pure rage. On his blog he says I "confirmed" his negative assertions about me... because I dared to take offense to his insults, and because I attempted to bring my "crap fest" to his blog... although this "crap fest" is me pointing out Lester's hypocrisy (he insults me in his post but objects when I defend myself) and arguing with another commenter.
No big deal. I don't have a thin skin so I can deal with Lester's mildly insulting commentary. But now he says "enjoying yourself wd/DS/Anon - and likely a multitude of other aliases". Presumably he's referring to some Anon comments he didn't publish (as well as one he did publish from an Anon who calls him/herself "Gail"). But Lester has an acknowledged a problem with unwanted and harassing Anon comments long before I showed up. dmarks gave this Anon a nickname... calling him the "Hitler Baby". Now suddenly these Anons are all me?
In any case, this bullsh!t is what prompted me to finish this rebuttal. I repeated accusations from an anonymous commenter about Lester commenting here anonymously... so he does the same thing on his blog. Now *I'm* a bunch of (unpublished) Anon commenters? How original Lester. I submitted ZERO anonymous comment to your blog. In phony disgust at all the anonymous comments I've (not) been submitting Lester says, "what a piece of work you are". You want to see a "piece of work" Lester? I suggest looking in the mirror. In my strong opinion it is the HEIGHT of foolishness to declare yourself a devotee of Ayn Rand and Objectivism. As foolish as making comments about pacifist Jews going willing to gas chambers and then feigning outrage about your comments being taken "out of context". Specifically I refer to this comment from Lester's blog...
|rAtional nAtion: American Jews are the offspring of the pacifists that willing were led to the gas chambers in Hitler's Holocaust. (comment from RN's own blog, 7/29/2012).|
Lester later "explains" remarks that some might consider antisemitic with the following...
|rAtional nAtion: ...you and others choose to take my comment out of the context in which it was meant is not my concern nor is it my problem. I acknowledged on PE that the comment was poorly worded and understood it was not sensitive and could be misinterpreted as it was. There have not been any following comments made anywhere since. There is a reason why. The continuing attacks and fallacious statements by the turd Anon, Steve, and whoever are contemptible and my response to the same justifiable. (comment from SWTD #178, 7/16/2013).|
And this is the acknowledgment of "poor wording" and being "not sensitive" Lester refers to...
|rAtional nAtion: ...After a great deal of thought over my ill advised, over the top, and unnecessarily defensive comment I have determined it appropriate to offer my apology to all who were rightfully offended by said comment. Should I comment here in the future I shall refrain from such over the top rhetoric. Or as the President might say, I have considered this unfortunate circumstance "a teachable moment". (comment from PE, 7/30/2012).|
This "apology" was proffered after several hostile and angry comments from Lester in which he took offense at people continuing to bring up his comment regarding American Jews which was made in response to a comment by Shaw of Progressive Eruptions - who asked, "explain why American Jews, who also care deeply about Israel's security, overwhelmingly support Mr. Obama", then added "apparently you agree with the neocon Pipes and disagree with [Gary] Johnson [who is] "the only candidate who doesn't want to bomb Iran".
So, in defending his original commentary (in which he praises Mittens Romney for making it "clear that America would stand stand behind Israel in the face of threats to their sovereignty or their very existence") Lester says American Jews are the offspring of the pacifists that willing were led to the gas chambers? This is what explains why they support Obama?
Finally we come to the explanation regarding what "out of context" means. Lester just published the following on his blog...
|rAtional nAtion: My comment "the Jews went willingly to the gas chambers", which I fully acknowledge I made was in fact taken out of context. The context in which is was meant, and was actually understood by all those who think and are interested in more than their sick destructive bullshit in their attempt to destroy the character of an honest and unbiased person was exactly the following... The Jews, during the era of Adolph Hitler's bigoted and tyrannical REIGN of TERROR did not, based on my understanding of HISTORY... resist forcibly... My purpose was to point out the possibility of it happening any time a people do not resist the tyranny of an hyper-active ideologically driven politically agenda such as the progressive movement in America.|
Huh. Makes sense now that Lester has finally explained himself. For the record I did not initially think Lester was antisemitic. Even after I read the comment about Jews going willing to the gas chambers - I still thought there must be some other explanation. And now we have it. And I am not really surprised that Lester the Libertarian believes citizens hoarding guns is the solution if governments should turn tyrannical.
Only the pacifist American Jews who are the offspring of the pacifists (the ones that "willing were led to the gas chambers in Hitler's Holocaust") support Obama. The non-pacifist ones support other candidates... I guess.
So... the rAtional dUde's comments weren't antisemitic... they were anti-pacifist? Squares with the belief of (some) on the Right that the purpose of the 2nd amendment is to ensure the citizenry is armed - and able to rise up against their government should it become oppressive.
Still, you can see why this comment is RIPE for being "misinterpreted" as antisemitic. Suggesting that any Jews went to the gas chamber "willingly"? Yeah, this situation (Lester being attacked for his "antisemitism") is entirely of his own making. And - because I allowed some discussion of this comment on my blog - I have become (in Lester's imagination) the "leader" of the Anons who are attacking him.
Which is why, when I offered a truce to Lester (mostly because I was tired of this topic and tired of commenters on my blog wanting to discuss little else), the rAtional gUy rejected it.
So be it Mr. nAtion. I was willing to let this drop but Lester has decided I should not. Now he's saying I'm banned from his blog. The following comment from Lester confirms it...
|rAtional nAtion: Effective as of this time and comment neither you or your asshat buddies will be posted here again, Now, GFY. [Also] in response to your last attempted comment post wd/DS/BS... Take your offer of a truce and shove it. Note that you will no longer be able to post anonymously nor will you be posted period. Neither will the LEGIONS of other ASSHAT PROGRESSIVES whose ONLY purpose is to start a liberal progressive crap fest be posted here any longer. ... Feel free to post whatever bullshit about me you choose. (comment from RN's blog, 8/12/2012).|
It is OK by me that I will "no longer be able to post anonymously" as this is something I never did. Nor do I have any buddies that post on RNUSA anonymously. Also, what an ego Lester must have, as he believes he has "legions" of detractors (all of which are Progressive)! I took a look at the sites of some of these people, and many of them are Conservatives.
My take-away from this "explanation" is that Lester isn't so much an antisemite as he is a total freaking nut-job who thinks Progressives represent tyranny and that pacifism is genetically inherited. No hate for ALL Jews, just Progressive Jews... who are both pacifists AND supporting of a tyrannical ideology. Honestly, I find not that much difference between people who have biases they acknowledge and people who have biases but are in denial regarding them (this describes RN). And again Lester attacks the true subjects of his hatred/paranoia... "asshat Progressives".
For example, here is a post dmarks dug up in which Lester "defends" Israel by attacking Helen Thomas (his post contains two videos... in the first one I agree with Helen, but in the second one I say she goes to far). But defending Israel is sacrosanct with those on the Right. In this post Lester uses his "support" of Israel to beat up someone on the Left he doesn't like... and he attacks Thomas based on her looks, even though she was 89 years old when she made the comments... so clearly he's willing to use ageism against Mrs Thomas and comments bordering on antisemitism against American Jews who vote Progressive.
According to dmarks this post (the attack on Helen Thomas) proves Lester isn't an antisemite because "it would take a very twisted mind to interpret these views and the man presenting them as someone who dislikes Jewish people". But attacking anyone who is in any way critical of Israel the boilerplate Conservative defense of Israel crapola known as new antisemitism. Crappola IMO because "it conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism, defines legitimate criticism of Israel too narrowly and demonization too broadly, trivializes the meaning of antisemitism, and exploits antisemitism in order to silence political debate.
I didn't know Libertarians bought into this BS. But obviously Lester does, what with his praising of Mittens for doing what any rEpublican candidate for president MUST and sucking up to Israel, then flying off the handle and making ridiculous and insensitive assertions about Jews who support Obama.
He does have the Libertarian gun nuttery down pat, however. I'm give him that (Jews who support Obama must be anti-gun pacifists and related to WWII-era Israeli anti-gun pacifist Jews who went "willing" to the gas chambers because they didn't have guns to fight back).
7/3/2015 Update: Apparently Mr. nAtion is done worrying about the pRogressive Hitlers? A comment from 6/8/2015 in which he says "Conservatives, should they regain the presidency and hold both houses of congress for long will, I am almost certain, destroy our democratic republic" seems to suggest that Lester is now more worried about the "cOnservative Hitlers". What explains this complete 180?